Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Description of Heaven

Sister Isabel, my freshman history teacher, use to say that heaven was a library.  That was her wish.  I pray
that she is immersed in a good novel, now.  She died a few years ago.  Many have speculated what heaven will be like.  Paul Claudel, the poet said:

Nothing that we possess here below will be destroyed, with the exception of our defects, but all will be restored and exalted to the highest degree, not only restored but illuminated, as it were, transported from the realm of empirical proof to the realm of intuitive understanding.

I've heard it said that we will be 33 years old and have perfect bodies.  I hope so, because I certainly don't want to be stuck an eternity in the body I'm in, presently.  Does it really matter?  We know that heaven is a good place and we trust God.  Sunday's First Reading, 2 Mc 7: 1-2, 9-14 has the cruel death of seven brothers.  And the very last of the seven brothers, after seeing what happened to the six brothers who were tortured before him, still proclaimed, "It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the God-given hope of being restored to life by Him;..."

Whatever heaven is, it is better than here.  God promised.

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